The President of Haiti, Jovenel Moise, was killed this Wednesday by armed men who carried out an assault on his house at dawn in the Pelerin neighborhood of Port-au-Prince, reported the interim prime minister, Claude Joseph.
In the assault, the first lady, Martine Moise, was shot and wounded, who is receiving medical care, according to a statement read by Joseph on the radio.
“This morning, at one in the morning, July 7, a group of unidentified people, who spoke in Spanish and English, assassinated the President of the Republic. The president has died from his injuries.” Said the acting prime minister.
Joseph called for the calm of the population and assured that the “the country’s security situation is under control” and condemned the assassination, which he described as “An act of barbarism.”
“Democracy and the Republic will win,” concludes the statement.
In the next few hours, the prime minister will preside over a Council of Ministers and address the nation.
It is according to Gazette Haiti, the corpse of the president would still be in his room awaiting a legal report.
Murder occurs two months before the presidential and legislative elections called for next September 26, an election in which Moise could not be a candidate.
Moise had called for the same date a referendum to approve a new Constitution, a project that did not have the support of the opposition or the international community.
Haiti is going through a strong political crisis since mid-2018 and lived its most serious moment on February 7, the date on which Moise denounced that the opposition, with the support of judges, were plotting a coup.
In parallel form, Haiti is going through a deep security crisis, which has been aggravated especially since the beginning of June by territorial struggles between armed gangs that dispute control of the poorest neighborhoods of Port-au-Prince.
Travis M. Andrews is a features writer for The Washington Post. He joined The Post in 2016 as a reporter for Morning Mix. He was previously a travel and culture editor for Southern Living magazine, a contributing pop culture reporter for Mashable and the Week, and a contributing editor for the Syfy blog Dvice. He also has freelanced for magazines, including Esquire, GQ and Time. He is the author of the coming book “Because He’s Jeff Goldblum,” a semi-rumination and semi-ridiculous look at the career of the enigmatic actor and an exploration of the shifting nature of fame in the 21st century, to be published in November by Plume.